NUP’s Bobi Wine lashes at Chief justice Owiny Dollo over tribal comments
By Kalule Paddy
The National Unity Platform NUP
president and former presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias
Bobi Wine has lashed out at the Chief Justice Alphonse Owiny Dollo’ demeaning
and tribal commentsagainst Baganda and
the Kabaka of Buganda.
Using his official Facebook page
account Bobi Wine wrote a lengthy statement responding to Owiny Dollo’s remarks
against Baganda and the Kabaka during the vigil of fallen speaker of parliament
Jacob Oulanyah in Muyenga.
"I watched the Chief Justice of
Uganda, Mr. Owiny Dollo referring to the people of Buganda as 'wicked lumpens'
with shock. He did not stop there but went ahead to contemptuously attack the
King of Buganda as an "ethnic leader," and warn that the region
cannot produce a leader that will appeal to the rest of the country!
Mr. Owiny Dollo's comments,
triggered by a protest by some Ugandans in the diaspora against the expenditure
of nearly UGX 2 Billion to fly the late Speaker abroad for treatment yet the
regime has done very little to improve healthcare facilities back in Uganda,
are unfortunate and must be condemned by all citizens no matter their tribe.
Only he can tell us what criteria he used to conclude that the protesters were
By his own admission, Mr. Owiny
Dollo has spent no more than two years outside the central region since he came
as a 16-year-old. He was welcomed by the region without discrimination, studied
from the central region, and has served his entire judicial career from the central
region. It was therefore improper and unfortunate of him to fan tribal
divisions pitting the central region against the rest of the country.
Being the head of our judicial
system, Mr. Owiny Dollo ought to have known better than to collectively denigrate
an entire community based on the actions of a few individuals who were neither
sent by nor speak for the community called Buganda. What justice, now, should
the members of that community who seek relief from the Courts of law headed by
That is why I hesitate to comment
much on his allegations about the National Unity Platform's involvement in the
demonstration because we all remember the sheer partiality and bias with which
Mr. Dollo as head of the Supreme Court handled our presidential election
petition against his former client and appointing authority, dictator Museveni.
This very Chief Justice was accused
of hiding the file of another Supreme Court Justice, Dr. Esther Kisaakye
Mayambala! One wonders how Mr. Dollo would handle another petition filed by a
Muganda presidential election petitioner, after he himself said that Buganda
cannot produce a national leader acceptable to the rest of the country. What a
tragedy to this nation!
What is curious is that Mr. Dollo
made those remarks in the middle of a raging debate about the cause of death of
the late Speaker of Parliament! By choosing to fan tribal sentiments, the
Chief Justice was effectively diverting the country away from a conversation
that was meant to establish the actual cause of death of the same person Mr.
Dollo claims to have been a very good friend and tribesmate of. What his motive
was in doing this, your guess is as good as mine.
Parliament itself which could have
intervened earlier in time to save the late Speaker's life dedicated its time
and resources, instead, to persecuting and hounding Hon. Zaake out of office.
Once that mission was accomplished, its leaders suddenly remembered to check on
the late Speaker in hospital — if only they weren't too late!
So, for the Chief Justice to suggest
that 'wicked' Baganda contributed to the Speaker's death is most
If Mr. Owiny Dollo had any decency
left in him, the moral thing for him to do would be to apologise to the nation,
as well as to His Majesty the Kabaka of Buganda, whom he lied about and accused
of flying in a presidential jet!
Once again, I call upon all Ugandans
to continue pursuing national unity as the precursor to sustainable peace and
progress for our nation.
The people of Acholi and the people
of Buganda have enjoyed a brotherly relationship that was sealed very many
years ago by Kabaka Mutesa II and his best friend Daudi
Museveni continues to use the likes
of Dollo to destroy that relationship but he will not succeed.
We continue to extend our
condolences to the family of Right Honourable Jacob Oulanyah, the entire Acholi
community as well as all the people of Uganda on this loss." Posted Bobi
Wine on his official Facebook account